December is a nightmare in terms of nutrition. It's one of the times of year that I am very glad that I no longer head in to the firm 5 days a week.
Gift baskets, home-made cookie exchanges, candy bowls, chocolate and thank-you treats passing by my desk as well as the unrelenting barrage of peppermint, eggnog, gingerbread and pumpkin lattes at the coffee shop downstairs and on the walk to work are impossible to dodge.
That, coupled with holiday parties filled with delectable food and amazing drinks, would normally instigate a good 5 pound jump on the scale, not to mention sugar comas and caffeine highs.
This year is going to be different baby. I'm going to get in BETTER shape this December. I don't really need to lower my number on the scale - in fact I would like to add some muscle tone and definition so my number might actually go up.
But if there is anything that I have learned over the years with my two fantastic trainers it's that the scale doesn't mean shit. It's an indicator but that's it. Total body fat, your appearance, how you feel, your health and how your clothes fit are, or should be, more important to you.
Motivation is Key
In my pre-child days I was more concerned about the vanity of being in shape along with physical capability to play the sports that I enjoyed. These days I am still a little vain (I admit it) but more important to me is that I have the energy and strength to be a good mommy and be able to keep up with my son as he races through the park.
One of our favorite games is to race around the bases at the ball field next to our house. And climb the tower up to the big slide! Don't even get me started on the dancing. E can bust a move like no other - and he wants company.
I'm not going to look at this as a 'bummer' during the holidays. I'm not trying to ruin my good time. In fact, I intend to enjoy it more by being less hungover with no blood sugar spikes making me feel like ass.
So this year I am challenging myself to 31 days (the entire month of December) of getting a good amount of exercise and keeping a food journal.
Don't get me wrong - there will be drinks and there will be treats, but by keeping the food journal I will be able to see just exactly how much I'm hitting my food bank account with high calorie, non-nutritious foods and the plan is to then keep it under control.
I'm a grazer so I can eat a nibble here, a nibble there of crap food several times a day and hooo boy can that add up.
My food journal will include a space for each of:
- mid-morning snack
- mid-afternoon snack
- glasses of water